Mosquito Squad of Greenville asks “Are you smarter than the average mosquito?”

Recent rainstorms and floods across many parts of the United States are setting the stage for record mosquito populations in 2013. While most people can agree that these unwelcomed populations are quite annoying as they buzz around you, suck your blood and leave those nasty, itchy bumps behind, many might be surprised to learn some not so well known facts about mosquitoes. Test your knowledge of mosquitoes with our mini mosquito quiz and find out if you are smarter than the average skeeter!

  1. Is it possible for a mosquito to lay eggs inside something as small as a bottle cap?
  2. True or False: Everyone infected with West Nile virus shows symptoms.
  3. How many eggs can a female mosquito lay in her lifetime?
  4. True or False: Mosquitoes beat their wings about 30 times per second.
  5. True or False: Only male mosquitoes bite.
  6. How many days does it take for a mosquito to develop into a blood sucking adult?
  7. How many days can a mosquito typically survive in the wild?
  8. True or False: West Nile Virus can only affect humans.
  9. True or False: Mosquitoes pose a threat to public health.
  10. True or False: Mosquitoes rarely travel farther than 1,000 feet from their birthplace.

Answers:

  • You might be surprised to learn that yes, mosquitoes can lay eggs inside something as small as a bottle cap. In fact, a bottle cap can actually hold as many as 300 mosquito eggs. Now imagine how many mosquito eggs are waiting for you in things like standing water in a children’s sandbox, loose tarps, large plant saucers or dog bowls! This fact shows why it is so important to be vigilant of standing water in your yard. Make sure you reduce standing water in order to eliminate mosquito threats!
  1. False! Approximately only 20% of humans infected with West Nile virus show any symptoms at all. All the while, the risk of death still remains! Prevention is the biggest asset on your side. By using mosquito elimination services such as our barrier spray programs you can significantly lower your chances of contracting a mosquito born disease.
  2. A female mosquito can lay up to 3,000 eggs in her lifetime. The actual number can range anywhere from 1,000 to 3,000 depending on the species of mosquito. This astounding number shows how quickly your yard can become unusable as mosquitoes take over!
  3. False, mosquitoes can actually beat their wings about 600 times per second!  The fast pace at which mosquitoes beat their little wings is actually what creates the famous “buzz” sound you hear as they hover close by.
  4. False, only female mosquitoes bite. While female mosquitoes feed on your blood, male mosquitoes actually only feed on nectar and fruit juice.
  5. A mosquito generally takes around two days to be able to develop into a fully grown adult. At that point, female mosquitoes can then begin laying their eggs and therefore creating tons of hungry mosquito babies!
  6. A mosquito can typically survive up to 100 days depending on their gender. A female mosquito lives anywhere from 3 to 100 days, while males live anywhere from 10 to 20 days. 100 days is just enough blood sucking to ruin your summer!
  7. False, West Nile Virus can not only affect humans but also your precious pets! West Nile Virus can affect everything from cats, dogs, rabbits, horses, crocodiles and more!
  8. True, mosquitoes pose a threat to public health by spreading everything from West Nile Virus to encephalitis, dengue, fever, malaria and even heartworms in pets.

10. False. In reality, mosquitoes rarely travel farther than 300 feet from their birthplace.

 

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

To learn more about controlling and preventing mosquitoes on the home front contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today at Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Rain, heat has Upstate bracing for disease-carrying insects

Rain & Heat have the upstate bracing for disease carrying insects! Watch the Greenville News clip featuring Mosquito Squad of Greenville to learn more!

 

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

To learn more about controlling and preventing mosquitoes on the home front contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today at Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email:greenville@mosquitosquad.com

Enjoy Your Memorial Day, Without Bugs

Make sure your guests aren’t on the menu at your holiday barbecue 

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Family, friends and lots of great food. Memorial Day is a wonderful holiday. Don’t let mosquitoes ruin your festivities!

Summer is now in full swing and that means the bugs are biting. Keep your guests outside, happy and safe from bugs this coming holiday weekend with Mosquito Squad.

Call us now at 864-277-4299 for a barrier spray before the holiday rush, and keep your friends and family off the menu!

 

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All the best,

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville
Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is committed to raising awareness of this growing health issue

 

May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is committed to raising awareness of this growing health issue

First recognized as a disease in the US in 1975, Lyme Disease is now becoming a growing health concern for Americans as the number of annual cases reported in the US continues to rise. According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme Disease is “an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, a type of bacterium called a spirochete that is carried by deer ticks. An infected blacklegged tick can transmit the spirochete to the humans and animals it bites. Untreated, the bacterium travels through the bloodstream, establishes itself in various body tissues, and can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe. “ Symptoms can range from flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, body ache, and headache to more severe symptoms such as severe joint pain and swelling, neurological problems, and even heart problems. If you think you have Lyme Disease symptoms, you should see a physician immediately as early detection and treatment aides greatly in the success rate of such treatments.

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Since 2002, more than 280,000 Americans have been diagnosed with the disease making Lyme Disease the most common arthropod-borne illness in the U.S. However, its diagnosis and treatment can be challenging for medical professionals due to the wide range of ways that Lyme Disease can manifest itself in those infected. In addition, there are also limitations of currently available diagnostic blood tests making it difficult to diagnose the disease.

One of the best ways to protect your family is by taking preventative measures to ensure that you are keeping the tick population in your yard under control. Such measures include utilizing plants and shrubs that don’t attract deer and keeping tall grasses away from the home entrance and edges of the lawn. In addition, homeowners can create a barrier between wooded areas and play areas. Keeping the yard clean and free of debris will also help to reduce tick populations. It is important for homeowners to perform a daily tick check and treat any ticks with barrier sprays and tick tubes.

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For more information regarding Lyme Disease, you can visit the American Lyme Disease Foundation website at http://www.aldf.com/lyme.shtml. If you would like to learn more about Mosquito Squad’s beneficial mosquito and tick control and prevention programs contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today. Take the first step to keeping your family happy and healthy this season. Call us today for a free estimate • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com

 Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of Greenville

 

April is National Pest Management month and Mosquito Squad of Greenville is dedicated to raising awareness on the risks of insect-borne illness

April is National Pest Management Month and the perfect time to learn about mosquito and tick control for you and your loved ones.
April is National Pest Management Month and the perfect time to learn about mosquito and tick control for you and your loved ones.

For over 30 years The National Pest Management Association (NPMA), has been celebrating April as National Pest Management month. The purpose of this observance is to raise public awareness about the risks posed by household pests and encouraging homeowners to take proactive steps to prevent pest infestations in their homes and properties. National Pest Management Month also honors the professional pest control industry for playing a key role in protecting both health and property from significant pest-borne threats.

Our service targets mosquitoes and ticks and the significant role they play in spreading illness and disease. Mosquitoes found in our region are known vectors of West Nile Virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse and St. Louis Encephalitis. Ticks in the Greenville area are known vectors of spreading diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Southern tick associated rash illness, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and yes, Lyme Disease too. One common denominator all these mosquito and tick-borne illnesses have in common is the lack of an immunization in preventing the risk of becoming infected. Each and every one of these illnesses is contracted through the bite of a mosquito or tick carrying the bacterium that cause the illness, and therefore the only prevention against getting sick is to prevent coming into contact with mosquitoes and ticks. This is where Mosquito Squad of Greenville comes into play.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville eliminates mosquitoes that bite
Mosquito Squad of Greenville eliminates mosquitoes that bite and spread disease.

Mosquito Squad of Greenville is dedicated to protecting residents in the area from the risks associated with mosquitoes and ticks. April signifies a time to raise public awareness about mosquito and tick borne illness and the active role our service plays in reducing the risk of these illnesses.  You have to remember that our customers are our neighbors. The same homeowners that we provide services for are the same people we consider our extended family. Part of living in a small community is getting to know people. We have contact with our customers daily and not just when we go to treat their property. These folks are the people who frequent the same grocery stores, gas stations and restaurants as we do. Our children attend school and play together on the playground. These people are Greenville and for this reason alone the services we provide through Mosquito Squad of Greenville are geared to protecting our most valuable asset; the residents.

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Mosquito Squad of Greenville also protects you from ticks and the threat of tick-borne illness.

Our services provide protection from mosquitoes and ticks all season long. When the mosquitoes emerge during the early spring, our program can keep them at bay on your treated property the entire season. We offer the same inclusive protection from ticks as well. We combine the use of tick traps in the early spring and autumn along with our barrier spray to break the life cycle of the tick and thus, break the chain of tick-borne disease. Our tick intensive treatment can reduce the amount of ticks on your treated property by up to 97%. Mosquito Squad of Greenville’s mosquito and tick prevention programs are safe and highly effective. We can reduce your risk of being exposed to potential vectors of tick and mosquito borne illness on your treated property significantly. Our service not only allows you the freedom to enjoy your backyard during mosquito and tick season without being bitten, it also provides peace of mind on the home front.

Keith Drew, Mosquito Squad of GreenvilleApril is the perfect time of year to raise awareness of the risks associated with insects which are prevalent in the Greenville area. If you would like to learn more about our beneficial mosquito and tick control and prevention  programs contact Mosquito Squad of Greenville today.  Take the first step to keeping your family happy and healthy this season Call us today for a free quote • (864) 277 – 4299 • email: greenville@mosquitosquad.com